Energy efficiency

Introduction

Technology has the potential to improve the way we live and work, but it can also carry risks to the environment. The Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry and its customers have a responsibility to minimise the adverse impact of ICT.

One way we can reduce the impact on climate change – and at the same time reduce operational costs – is by improving the energy efficiency of ICT products and services. Standards can help achieve this goal.

European Commission Mandate M/462 on energy efficiency

In Mandate M/462, the European Commission has asked us, along with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), to develop standards to “enable efficient energy use in fixed and mobile information and communication networks”.

We have identified – and are now developing – the standards needed to support the EC’s energy efficiency targets.

Our Role & Activities

Our current work on the environmental aspects of telecommunications equipment includes energy efficiency.

Environmental Engineering committee (TC EE)

TC EE develops standards for reducing the eco-environmental impact of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) equipment. This includes:

  • the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of ICT goods, networks and services
  • ‘the Green Abstraction Layer’, a standard on the power management capabilities of fixed network nodes, which enables operators for the first time to manage the energy consumption of telecom networks easily, offsetting network performance and capacity against energy costs
  • methods to assess the energy efficiency of wireless access networks and equipment, core networks and wireline access equipment
  • the control and monitoring of power and cooling systems used in telecommunication and data infrastructures, with the aim of monitoring and reducing power consumption
  • power supplies
  • network standby mode for household and office equipment

Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing committee (TC ATTM)

TC ATTM focuses on the ‘green’ needs of operational networks and sites and broadband transmission including:

  • developing global Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to provide users of ICT with the tools to monitor their eco-efficiency and energy management
  • defining the networks connecting digital multi-services in cities, producing KPIs for monitoring the sustainability of broadband solutions
  • improving our standards for transmission equipment to support the European Commission’s Ecodesign of Energy Related Products Directive

Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU)

ISG OEU is working to minimize the power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of infrastructure, utilities, equipment and software within ICT sites and networks. This includes:

  • the measurement of energy consumption by IT servers, storage units, broadband fixed access and mobile access, with a view to developing global KPIs
  • the management of the end of life of ICT equipment
  • a definition of global KPI modelling for green smart cities

Low power in the Internet of Things

We are developing standards for technologies used to provide low power to devices in the Internet of Things:

Standards

The following is a list of the latest published ETSI standards on energy efficiency.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
ES 203 228 Environmental Engineering (EE); Assessment of mobile network energy efficiency
GS OEU 018 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Waste management of ICT equipment
GS OEU 012 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Technical Global KPIs for Fixed Access Networks
GS OEU 017 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Referential specification to define sustainable levels of Fixed Broadband access networks
GS OEU 006 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Referential specification to define sustainable levels of ICT Sites
GS OEU 002 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Energy Consumption Measurement of Operational Technical Equipment of Copper and Optical Fixed Access
ES 203 228 Environmental Engineering (EE); Assessment of mobile network energy efficiency
ES 202 706 Environmental Engineering (EE); Measurement method for power consumption and energy efficiency of wireless access network equipment
GS OEU 001 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Global KPIs for ICT Sites
GS OEU 001 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Global KPIs for Data Centres
ES 201 554 Environmental Engineering (EE); Measurement method for Energy efficiency of Mobile Core network and Radio Access Control equipment
GS OEU 008 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Global KPI for Information and Communication Technology Nodes
GS OEU 001 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Technical Global KPIs for Data Centres
TS 102 706 Environmental Engineering (EE); Measurement method for energy efficiency of wireless access network equipment
GS OEU 001 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Global KPIs for Data Centres
GS OEU 001 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Global KPIs for Data Centres
GS OEU 001 Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU); Technical Global KPIs for Data Centres
TR 103 117 Environmental Engineering (EE); Principles for Mobile Network level energy efficiency
ES 201 554 Environmental Engineering (EE); Measurement method for Energy efficiency of Core network equipment